Best kettle 2021: our top 11 stovetop and electric kettles for your kitchen

These are the best kettles for your home, featuring brands like Dualit, Smeg, Bosch and Russell Hobbs

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The best kettle is the hardest working appliance in your kitchen. From cups of tea to cooking pasta, they make day-to-day life that little bit easier. Not just that, but the best kettles will also look the part. Some are designed to match the best toasters for a coordinated kitchen, whereas others have smart finishes that allow you to set your temperature or filter your water before you pour it. 

Most people opt for electric kettles because they're a lot faster and more efficient than stovetop options, but the charm of a stovetop kettle is undeniable. In our guide to the best kettles we've included large capacity, quiet kettles to keep your home office running, and smart options that have variable temperature dials to prevent you from burning your green tea or matcha - ideal for tea lovers. 

The design of a kettle is another thing to consider. That classic pyramid shape is charming, but will leave a larger footprint on your kitchen counter. If you're a large household be sure to check the capacity of your kettle so you can boil your water all in one go. Otherwise, and if you prefer hot water (literally) on tap, take a look at our best boiling water taps guide.

These are the best kettles in 2021

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1. Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater Kettle

Best kettle overall: quiet, large and easy on the eyes

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7 litre
Finish: Polka dot or love heart
Dimensions: 23.3 x 23.3 x 29.7 cm
Reasons to buy
+It's a treat to look at+Matching toasters available+Reasonably priced +A range of colours to choose from
Reasons to avoid
-It won't fit into every kitchen design

Match this kettle with a toaster, mug, and even kitchenware. If you want a quirky and coordinated kitchen, we think this is a winner. It comes in polka dot and a love heart design. 

Super quiet

If your kitchen is currently functioning as a homeschooling space or a home office, you're not alone. When putting this kettle to the test there was no need to turn on mute in our meetings. It's incredibly quiet, and also boils in a jiffy

Large capacity

The 1.7 litre capacity can cater to a crowd. We also like the smooth spout on the Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater Kettle, which is a delight to pour. The overhead handle is also very tactile and means the kettle is centred when pouring. 

Bright lights

When it's on, the side light will turn on with this kettle to let you know it's heating up. You can view your water coming to the boil from a panel next to the on switch. It switches off automatically when it's boiled with a satisfying click. 

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2. Bosch Sky Kettle

The high-end kettle: boil water to your preferred temperature with this luxury digital design, which includes energy saving features

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Stainless steel
Dimensions: H23.8cm x W21cm x D16cm
Reasons to buy
+Variable temperature control+Never boils dry+Boils water to your preferred temperature+Is easy to use with digital control and LCD display
Reasons to avoid
-It's an expensive option-If you only want boiling water you won't make the most of it

This digital kettle from Bosch is a fantastic all-rounder, giving you full control of your tea’s temperature, which is why it gets our vote for the best premium kettle you can buy.

Adjustable temperature
It has a real-time temperature indicator and will boil enough for one cuppa in less than a minute thanks to the nifty turbo feature; ideal for when you’re in a hurry. It also includes boil-dry protection and has a large capacity that can fill a pan of water for pasta or rice.

There is a tactile sliding scale that allows you to choose a specific temperature, and it also indicates your water's temperature as it heats up. Some brews taste better with a cooler temperature so with this digital kettle, you’re in control.

Pre-settings
As true tea connoisseurs we loved putting this kettle to the test. It also incorporates three different temperatures designed. Oolong is set at 90ºC, white tea at 85ºC and green tea at 80ºC, all at the touch of a button.

Keep warm
And if you’re not quite ready for your brew just yet, this model comes with a Keep Warm function that will maintain the water’s temperature for 30 minutes. This not only saves time but also energy too, as the kettle won’t need to be turned on again to re-boil.

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3. Cookworks Illuminating Kettle

Best kettle on a budget: this kettle does exactly as one would expect from a kettle, and it's available in six colours

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7L
Finish: Various colours
Dimensions: H23 x W21.8 x D17 cm
Reasons to buy
+Boils fast+Simple yet elegant design+360 degree base+Very reasonable price tag
Reasons to avoid
-None at this price

On the opposite end of the pricing spectrum is this kettle from Cookworks which offers fantastic value for money.

Design
This cheap kettle is available in a spectrum of six colours which can be mixed and matched to your kitchen decor. The coordinating toasters can also be bought so you can create a tea-and-toast set up.

To add to the overall look of the design is an illuminating gauge so you can clearly see the water levels.

Reaching boiling point
With a generous capacity of 1.7L, this kettle will provide enough teas, coffee and hot chocolates to go around the household. Reviewers love how quickly it reaches temperature so you won't be waiting long for a brew, either.

And if there isn't enough water left in the tank after releases some steam, this kettle will automatically turn itself off to protect the elements.

Easy cleaning
This kettle is cordless, but the base isn't, so it's easy to lift it and wipe away any residue. It also has a removable and washable limescale filter so the aqua is always clean and pure.

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4. Dualit 1 Litre Jug Kettle

Best kettle for travelling: it's a cordless kettle with top-notch elements

Specifications
Capacity: 1ltrs
Finish: Stardust Black or Canvas White
Dimensions: H16cm x W20cm x D23cm
Reasons to buy
+Cordless+Large viewing window+Space saving design
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive, for a travel kettle

If you have a small kitchen, or are regularly on the road, this cordless kettle is the best kettle you can buy.

Fast boiling
This little kettle uses a powerful element, concealed in the base, for rapid boiling. Its positioning in the base will reduce limescale damage, too. And if you're running on empty, the boil-dry safety feature will automatically switch the kettle off the elements won't get damaged.

And you can check in on it's boiling progress thanks to the large viewing window, on both sides, with cup level indicators

Design
As one would come to expect with Dualit, the quality is excellent and is built to last. Every detail has been thought about, from the washable limescale filter to the non-slip rubber feet on cordless base.

It's small and lightweight design, makes it perfect for regular travels so you can make a decent cuppa wherever you end up.

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5. Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle

Best upright kettle: a sleek and compact kettle for smaller spaces

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Cream, black, white
Dimensions: 27.5 x 16 x 22.4cm
Reasons to buy
+Streamlined pour+In-built filter+Lights up to boil+Fits into small spaces+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-No smart functions-Not a wide choice in colours

Not only will this kettle save on space but also saves you time, too. When we put it to the test it was a fast boiler and a delight to pour. It comes in white, black or cream and is a great affordable option that’s small on price yet big on style.

Perfect pour
For a streamlined flow of water every time, this model has a special spout designed for the very purpose.

Designed for large capacity

The large upright design of this kettle means it's less ideal for boiling one cup of tea at a time, as the markings on the side indicate from three cups upwards. 

Matching appliances

The Russell Hobbs Inspire Kettle is the partner to our top choice of toaster, the Morphy Richards Verve Toaster. They make a perfect pair. 

Best smart kettle: Smarter iKETTLE

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6. Smarter iKETTLE

Best smart kettle: now you can switch the kettle on from the comfort of your own sofa thanks to this smart high-tech design

Specifications
Capacity: 1.8ltrs
Finish: Silver
Dimensions: H27.4cm x W21cm x D15.4cm
Reasons to buy
+Allows you to remotely boil the kettle using the app+You can customise its settings+Even connects to Amazon Alexa for hands-free control+Takes care of the high-tech stuff+Has an adjustable temperature between 20˚C-100˚C+Saves energy
Reasons to avoid
-Really pricey for a kettle, even if it is app controlled-Some may find it too complicated

For those who love their gadgets and smart appliances, this Smarter iKettle is one for you. It can be switched on remotely using the Smarter app and it can even be linked to Amazon Alexa too, for voice control. The app can also be used to customise its settings, with alarms and prompts such as wake up calls and home options for when you get back after a hard day.

Time saving
With the iKettle, there’s no more standing around in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil. Thanks so its smart functionality, you can switch it on from anywhere via the iOS or Android app or use voice control with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT or Nest. It also uses the latest Blink-Up technology to ensure the 4G connection is totally secure and you can even re-order tea or coffee using the in-app replenishment feature.

Water temperature
This is customisable so you can select the right temperature to suit your preferred cuppa. Choose between 20ºC to 100ºC and the water level sensor tells you exactly how much water is in the kettle too, so you know instantly how many cups it can make.

Formula mode
A great feature for new parents, the built-in formula mode makes night feeds easier. It can be connected to a Nest cam with IFTTT and will boil the kettle then tell you when it’s at the right temperature. You can even schedule it to boil water at your wake up time or when you arrive home.

Best stainless steel kettle: Dualit classic kettle

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7. Dualit Classic Kettle

Best quiet kettle: perfect for the kitchen that's also your home office

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Evergreen
Dimensions: H28.8cm x W15.4cm x D23.5cm
Reasons to buy
+Quiet, ideal for a late-night cuppa when everyone else is asleep+Comes in a selection of other finishes+Has a large capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty expensive-A lot of money for the features it offers

This classic kettle from Dualit is a keeper. In one of four new colours launched this summer (also comes in Dessert, Eucalyptus and Limestone), the Evergreen version is part of the Naturals collection and is also available as a matching toaster. The dark, inky green shade was inspired by the need to fill our homes with greenery all year round. It has a superfast 3kW element for speedy boiling, which saves energy, and also boasts WhisperBoil™ to reduce noise while in use.

Quiet Mark
The quietest kettle that Dualit offers, it’s been awarded the Quiet Mark, which means that the Noise Abatement Society has recognised that it’s ultra quiet to use. This makes Dualit’s Classic design a must for those who like to get up for a cuppa late at night or very early in the morning, including new parents with night-time feeds.

Repairable element
Built to last, even though this kettle is quite costly, you know you’ll be getting quality. Its patented replaceable element keeps your kettle going for longer.

British made
We love Dualit as products are designed and engineered in the UK, which just adds to its appeal.

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8. Salter EK3931IND Opulence Kettle

Best kettle for a touch of luxury (without the big price tag): available in a rich, deep shade of blue

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Soft touch (Indigo blue)
Dimensions: H22 x W17 x D24.5 cm
Reasons to buy
+360° swivel base+Rapid boil+Lovely, on-trend colour
Reasons to avoid
-Colour (although lovely) may not suit every kitchen

If you're looking for a kettle which is band on-trend, easy to use and has a matching toaster available, then this Salter kettle could tick all the right boxes.

Quick to boil
If you enjoy a quick morning cuppa then the rapid boil function on the Opulance kettle will come in mega handy. It has 3 kW of power behind it which is enough to cater for up to eight standard cups, together with the generous 1.7 ltr capacity.

Fitted with a water window, you can even watch the water boil (if that's your thing) plus it's a good marker for how much water you need.

Celebratory colour
Available in a lovely deep, rich blue hue, this kettle immediately caught our attention. And so will it when you have friends and family visiting for afternoon tea.

The colour has been chosen to celebrate Salter's 260th birthday, which is a good enough reason for us.

All the features you need
Complete with a swivel base which is suitable for left AND right-handed users, the kettle also features a strix control and auto-shut off for total piece of mind.

Best kettle for hard water: Smeg KLF03

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9. Smeg KLF03 Kettle

Best kettle for hard water: stylish and functional

Specifications
Capacity: 1.7ltrs
Finish: Gold or Rose Gold
Dimensions: H24.8cm x W22.6cm x D17.1cm
Reasons to buy
+The luxe look that’s right on trend+A soft open lid that prevents it popping open unannounced+You can place it anywhere thanks to its swivel base, ideal for awkward corners+Offers dry boil protection that stops any damage if you forget to fill up+Allows for easy pouring thanks to its cordless base
Reasons to avoid
-There’s no rapid boil-Very expensive-Lack of smart or energy saving features

Bring some bling to kitchen worktops with Smeg’s latest offering, the luxury KLF03 kettle which comes in a Rose Gold finish exclusive to its London store and Currys and a Gold finish, which is available nationwide. The large capacity is big enough to make seven cups with added features including a soft-opening lid, 360 degree swivel base, automatic shut off at 100ºC and a removable, washable limescale filter.

Retro styling
Known and loved for their retro fifties look, Smeg appliances look so effortlessly cool and this kettle’s no different. Also available in nine colours, these new metallic finishes just ooze luxury chic.

Large capacity
Ideal for families and those who love to entertain, the large 1.7ltr capacity will boil seven cups. The 360ºC swivel base also makes it easy to use all around the kitchen.

Limescale free
Put an end to limescale build up with the removable, washable stainless steel filter and concealed heating element.

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10. Russell Hobbs 20760-10 BRITA Filter Purity Glass Kettle

Best kettle with filter: this glass kettle filters your water before boiling

Specifications
Capacity: 1.5ltrs
Finish: Glass, blue light when on
Dimensions: H15cm x W21.8cm
Reasons to buy
+BRITA water filter inside+FREE BRITA MAXTRA+ filter included+One cup feature for less water waste+Cartridge replacement reminder+Can be used by left handed people too+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Some may not like the glass effect

This glass kettle will filter your water before boiling, and will look fab in the kitchen too.

Integrated filtration
Featuring a Brita filter, this kettle will remove any impurities from the water so you'll be drinking noting but pure, clean aqua. The filtration will not only reduce lime scale, metals and chlorine for better tasting hot drinks but it will also prolong the life of your kettle. 

Illumination
Through it's crystal clear glass exterior you'll be able to watch the water boiling with blue illumination. This lights up when the kettle is switched on.

Capacity
It's 1.5 litre capacity is perfect for couples and small family households.

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11. Alessi Tea Rex hob kettle with dragon whistle

Best stove top kettle: featuring an updated iconic design, this kettle has a dragon whistle

Specifications
Capacity: 200cl
Finish: Mirror polished stainless steel
Dimensions: H22.5 x W22cm
Reasons to buy
+Compatible with all hobs including induction+Designer style+Instant wow factor
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t hold much water

This Alessi hob kettle is our pick of the best stove top kettles you can buy (hense the Real Homes Loves logo), and for good reason, too.

Design
Designed by Michael Graves for Alessi and made from 18/10 stainless steel, this eye-catching kettle has a cute whistle for a fun finish. 

What we love about it
It’s said to be a good luck charm and was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original Alessi Bird design. We love its iconic look and the fact that it’s not overly loud when boiling. It's also compatible with all hobs. 

What we’re not keen on
Since it only has a capacity of 200cl, it’s probably not the best option when you’re expecting a crowd for tea as you’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

How to choose the best kettle

When you're looking to buy a new kettle, whether it's a replacement or a second kettle, there are a few elements to consider to make sure you get the best kettle for you. They are:

Energy saving
We all want to do our bit for the environment and saving energy also cuts down on the bills too – win win for everyone. Look for kettles with specific energy-reducing features and functions such as rapid boil, digital control and variable temperature to ensure you don’t needlessly over-boil.

Smart tech
Practically every appliance in the home is now available in a smart version for those who love their tech. Even kettle manufacturers have got in on the act, with models that can be operated via an app on your smartphone or tablet as well as being voice controlled for hands-free switch on. So now you can turn the kettle on without leaving the sofa or on your way home from work when you fancy a brew. Of course you’ll still have to get up to actually make it and bring it back but who knows what the future holds!

On-trend finish
Investing in a new kettle (and maybe a matching toaster, too) is a great way of sprucing up kitchen worktops. These designs come in everything from rose gold to jewel-like patterns so you’re not only getting the very latest technology but you’re also gaining the hottest new looks.

Many of the best kettles can be paired with the toasters for a coordinated kitchen counter, so take a look at matching sets when you find the model you want. 

What is the best kettle?

Let's recap...if you want to buy the best kettle (in our opinion), we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Russell Hobbs Emma Bridgewater kettle. It looks great, boils quietly and has a lovely tactile handle. For a smarter option check out the Bosch Sky Kettle. It has fantastic energy saving features including a keep warm function – so no need to re-boil – along with variable temperature settings. It gives you total control so you can make your tea, just how you want it. And with a sleek, shinny appearance, it will suit an array of kitchen decor.

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring the country with her black labrador.